Archaeologists in Athens, Greece, have discovered a 1,800-year-old well used as an oracle to communicate with the mythical god Apollo.
The well was discovered in the Athens neighborhood of Kerameikos, which is also being excavated for a bathhouse dating back 2,500 years.
As Haaretz reports, members of the the German Archaeological Institute at Athens first discovered the excavation site in 2012, and have since made progress on determining the purpose of the well, buried deep beneath a marble opening in the ground. more >>
A businessman in Turkey is running a store that employs children as young as 9 to make uniforms for Islamic State terrorists.
The U.K.-based publication The Daily Mail reported Monday that 35-year-old Abu Zakour runs the business on the Turkish border and staffs it with Syrian refugee children.
"The Syrian boys — and a couple of girls hidden upstairs — are paid a minimum of 40 Turkish lira (£10) a day to stitch, cut and measure out the camouflage material and help their older colleagues piece together the uniforms that get smuggled across the border to rebel groups," reported the Daily Mail. more >>
Dieting is not simply about cutting down calorie intake. A new study by Spain-based researchers, published in the journal Lancet, revealed consuming more "good" fats can be helpful in losing a little weight and lowering cholesterol.
The participants of the study were composed mostly of people who were overweight and had either type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure or were smokers. They were grouped into three groups. The first and second groups were asked to follow an unrestricted Mediterranean diet, which did not include foods and beverages that have been highly associated with long-term weight gain such as fast foods, sweets, butter, red meat/processed meat and sugar-sweetened beverages. The said, however, include vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and whole grains. Also, the first group had to cook all the foods using olive oil while the second group had extra nuts on their diet. Meanwhile, the third group were told to avoid all dietary fat.
In a span of three to five years, the first two groups revealed better results in reducing a little weight and keeping the weight off than the third group, who had seen little difference. Also, the second group who consumed more nuts saw the least increase in waist size. more >>
A number of recent refugees who converted to Christianity in the United Kingdom are protesting their denial for asylum, after authorities said they could not prove the authenticity of their Christian faith by answering basic Bible questions, such as reciting the 10 Commandments.
BBC News reported on Sunday that an all-party parliamentary group on international religious freedom is standing up for these converts, arguing that asking Bible trivia to prove one's faith is unfair and does not really determine what a person believes.
One man identified as Mohammed, an Iranian convert to Christianity, said that he applied for asylum in the U.K. after he fled persecution back home, but his application was denied after a failed interview. more >>
While NASA has just been planning to launch its first robotic mission to land and gather samples on OSIRIS-REx, Luxembourg is already eyeing to pursue a space mining industry on the asteroid.
According to Ars Technica, on Friday, Luxembourg has announced a bid of 200 million euros to fund the country's spaceresources.lu. The said initiative will see Luxembourg going towards becoming "one of the top 10 space faring countries in the world."
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, alongside Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, Former ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and former NASA Ames Research Center Director Pete Worden, made the announcement at a press conference. Bettel said that the initiative will bring forth a new law that will legalize the space mining venture. The law is expected to take effect in 2017. more >>
Pope Francis issued an edict Saturday on the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, which says bishops and other senior officials of the Catholic Church who fail to take action against paedophile priests can be removed from office.
"The Church, like a loving mother, loves all her children, but treats and protects with special affection the smallest and most helpless," the papal decree says, according to AFP. "It is a task which Christ Himself entrusted to the entire Christian community as a whole."
The edict contributes to existing norms in place with regard to abuse cases, according to Catholic News Agency, which said the text has two main features, that a bishop can be guilty of lacking in diligence even in the absence of "grave moral culpability on his part" and that "it is sufficient for the lack of diligence to be grave" for a bishop to be removed from office" in cases pertaining to the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. more >>